Herbs that you can grow in winter

Winter is on the doorstep but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy home-grown, fresh herbs. Here are some fabulous winter herbs that will thrive in your garden.

April 28, 2022

All these herbs can be grown in your garden beds, or in pots or containers. It’s recommended that mint is always grown in a pot unless you’ll be happy for it to take over your garden!

Rosemary

  • Plant in full sun in well-drained soil and don’t over water.  
  • Will grow well in pots or in your garden beds.  
  • Give it an annual application of controlled-release fertiliser.
  • Drought tolerant but needs watering during dry periods.
  • As well as being a great addition when cooking, rosemary can also be trimmed to form a hedge.

Mint

  • It’s best to grow mint in a pot as the roots spread and it can soon become invasive.  
  • Mint will perform best in rich, moist soil or premium-quality potting mix, but it will grow in virtually any type of soil.  
  • Mint needs to be kept moist and can only tolerate drying out for short periods.
  • Snip leaves and stems as you need them, removing any flower heads to help prolong the harvest season.   

Thyme

  • Thyme is a great edging, rockery, or pot plant, growing 30 centimetres high with pink or white flowers in spring.
  • Plant in free draining soil, enriched with compost and well-aged manure, in full sun.
  • Water while becoming established, or when the soil is dry.
  • Thyme is almost maintenance free, but an application of liquid fertiliser in spring will be beneficial.
  • There are also lemon-scented and variegated varieties.  

Sage

  • In a pot, plant in premium potting mix.
  • In the garden improve soil with compost and decomposed manure before planting.
  • Plant in a sunny spot and it may need extra water in summer.  
  • An annual application of compost as mulch will usually provide plenty of nutrients.
  • Sage can be prone to mildew if left in full shade or damp conditions.

Oregano

  • Grows well in most well-drained soils or premium potting mixes, in full sun to part shade.
  • Improve the soil with a little compost and decomposed manure prior to planting. 
  • Mulch to prevent weed growth and water well to settle the soil in around the roots.  
  • Oregano is low maintenance and only needs to be watered when the soil dries out.  

Bay tree

  • A fragrant, low-maintenance shrub with dark green glossy foliage used as a culinary herb.
  • Bay doesn’t need feeding regularly but apply a controlled-release fertiliser annually in very poor soil.
  • Bay prefers full sun to part shade and can grow 1-2m high and 1.5-2m wide.  
  • A bay tree is a great solution for difficult spots with poor soil.
  • It is drought tolerant once established.  

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